Gross is best known for his portrayal of father Steven Keaton on the award-winning television show Family Ties.
He has had recurring roles on The Drew Carey Show
Gross also made appearances on the original Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Outer Limits, Ally McBeal, CSI: New York, How I Met Your Mother, Boston Legal
Gross has appeared in numerous made-for-television movies including The FBI Murders, Right to Die
with Raquel Welch, F.D.R., The Last Year
with Eileen Heckert and Jason Robards, Manhunt in the Dakotas
with Rod Steiger, and Little Gloria…Happy at Last
with Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis. Most recently he appeared in the HBO special Mrs. Harris
alongside Annette Benning and Ben Kingsley.
Some of Gross' big screen debuts include the feature film Tremors
and it's many sequels. He received the Video Premiere Award for Best Actor in Tremors III. Gross appeared in Just Tell Me What You Want,
played opposite Lily Tomlin in Big Business,
and worked with Lucas Haas in the award-winning Alan and Naomi.
Some of his direct-to-video releases, include Sometimes They Come Back Again
with Hillary Swank, Ground Control
with Keifer Sutherland, and True Heart
with Kirsten Dunst. Gross also had roles in the independent features, An American in China
and Broken Windows.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Gross spent most of his time in Chicago and rural Iowa. He graduated with a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from the University of Illinois and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the School of Drama at Yale University.
In 1973 Gross began his regional theatre work at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He also worked with The Guthrie Theater, The Yale Repertory Theater, Baltimore's Center Stage, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum where he won a Drama Logue Award for the west-coast premiere of The Real Thing.
Gross received a Drama Desk nomination for the Broadway premiere of Bent
and an Obie Award for his work in the off-Broadway production of No End to Blame.
Recently Gross appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the world premiere of Buffalo Gal,
and in Ancestral Voices.
He worked with Royal Shakespeare Company founder Sir Peter Hall in a production of Romeo and Juliet
and appeared in the Broadway production of Macbeth.
Gross took part in the Midwest premier of Art
at Chicago's Royal George Theatre, the U.S. premiere of Money and Friends
at Los Angeles' Doolittle Theatre, and Love Letters
in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 1984, Gross married casting director Elza Bergeron. They have two children, Theodore and Katharine as well as two grandchildren, Nicholas and Allison. Gross and his wife divide their time between homes in Southern California, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Manhattan's Greenwich Village.
In his spare time Gross enjoys reading, writing, yoga and collecting Santa Fe dining car china, silver and other memorabilia. He and his wife are also part owners of the Santa Fe Southern Railway and enjoy riding trains together. Gross also is extremely active in such charitable organizations as World Vision, animal welfare, anti-drug programs, responsible gun ownership and AIDS research. He received the American Hero Award for his charitable activities and is largely active in Futures For Children, a sponsorship and self-help program working with Southwestern Native American Tribes. Gross and his wife are also Foundation Board members of the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Young and the Restless
Lowell "River" Baldwin
August 15, 2008
to February 3, 2009
100 Million BC
Dr. Frank Reno
Father Nicholas McClinton
How I Met Your Mother
The Drew Carey Show
John "Jack" Carter Jr.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Dr. Charles Webb
Law & Order
Batman Beyond: The Movie
Professor Frank Ingram
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave
Lt. Peter Byrnes
The Outer Limits
The Making of a Hollywood Madam
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice
Lt. Peter Byrnes
Hijacked: Flight 285
Deceived by Trust: A Moment of Truth Movie
Dr. Gordon Powell
Awake to Murder
Father Sherman McKigney
In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story
The Adventures of Batman & Robin
Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland
With a Vengeance
In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Day by Day
In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders
William Russell Matix
Right to Die
A Letter to Three Wives
Family Ties Vacation
Finder of Lost Loves
Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole
Little Gloria... Happy at Last
Julius "J.J." Jacobson
F.D.R.: The Last Year
Dr. Howard Bruenn
A Girl Named Sooner
An American in China
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
Sometimes They Come Back 2
Tremors II: Aftershocks
In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful
Alan & Naomi
Cool as Ice
Dr. Jay Marshall
Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz
Just Tell Me What You Want
Drama Desk Award
Winner, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (1979; for Bent)
DVD Exclusive Awards
Winner, Video Premiere Award for Best Actor for Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
DATE OF BIRTH: June 21, 1947